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The Avian MigrantThe Biology of Bird Migration$
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John Rappole

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231146784

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231146784.001.0001

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Breeding Period

Breeding Period

(p.25) Chapter 2 Breeding Period
The Avian Migrant

John H. Rappole

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on the breeding period in the avian migrant's annual cycle, from arrival on the breeding grounds to completion of reproductive activities. Arrival times naturally differ for different kinds of migratory birds. In temperate eastern Europe, for example, long-term averages of first spring arrival dates for different species are spread out over almost three months, with short-distance migrants generally arriving back earlier and showing a much broader range of annual variation in arrival time than their long-distance counterparts. This chapter also discusses avian migrants' site fidelity and dispersal, selection of breeding habitat, and the interval between arrival and reproduction during the process of migration.

Keywords:   breeding, migratory birds, arrival, avian migrants, site fidelity, dispersal, breeding habitat, reproduction, migration, breeding period

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